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Victims of Crime

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According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), 3.3 million U.S. residents age 12 or older were victims of violent crime in 2018. U.S. households also experienced an estimated 13.5 million property victimizations, which include burglaries, residential trespassing, motor-vehicle thefts, and other thefts (Source:  Bureau of Justice Statistics, Criminal Victimization, 2018, September 2019).

OJP’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is committed to enhancing the Nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime.

Funding Opportunities

Visit the following sites to learn about victim-related funding opportunities from OJP bureaus and other federal sources:

See the OJP Current Funding Opportunities page to learn more about opportunities and to access archived solicitations.


Also see the Victims & Victimization page on the CrimeSolutions website for ratings of related programs and practices.

Training and Technical Assistance

The amount of money appropriated to each state for victim compensation is available in the latest Crime Victims Fund Compensation and Assistance Allocation Charts on the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Funding & Awards: Formula Grants page.

See the How to Apply for Funding section of the OVC website for further information.

Resources on the use of DNA identification in mass fatality incidents are available in the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) publications, Lessons Learned From 9/11: DNA Identification in Mass Fatality Incidents and Mass Fatality Incidents: A Guide for Human Forensic Identification. Additional information on DNA is available on Forensic DNA section of the NIJ website.

Information about restorative justice programs for juveniles is available in the following Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) resources: